Hitler

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Penguin UK, Mar 7, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 1072 pages

Now at last in a single, abridged volume – the definitive life.

When the two volumes of Ian Kershaw’s biography of Hitler, Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis were published, they were immediately greeted around the world as the essential works on perhaps the most malign figure ever to hold power in modern Europe. In the face of considerable demand for such an edition, Kershaw has now created a single volume version. The result is a frightening, fascinating narrative of how a bitter provincial failure from an obscure corner of Austria rose to unparalleled power; how the half-baked, contemptible ideas of a vagrant former art student coalesced into an ideology that for twelve horrific years shaped the fate of millions; and how both in his determination to impose his will militarily and to fend off his many enemies he unleashed a genocidal Armageddon.

No one individual can stand in as the scapegoat for the vast social, technological, economic and military forces that shape our societies – but if ever there was one man whose ideas and personality shaped and cowed those forces, as well as embodying them, it was Hitler. This is his story and Kershaw tells it with unique authority, and with moral anger.

 

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This is a magnificent book and, probably it will be the most magnificent history of Hitler written in a long time. Ian Kershaw starts with a bit of family history, talks of Hitler's early childhood ... Read full review

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Sir Ian Kershaw, the premier biographer of Hitler, wrote a rather compelling biography of Hitler, stretched into two volumes, Hubris and Nemesis. This edition is a single, edited, version of those two ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the New Edition
10
Reflecting on Hitler
15
Fantasy and Failure
15
Dropout
15
Elation and Embitterment
15
The Beerhall Agitator
15
The Drummer
15
Emergence of the Leader
15
Licensing Barbarism
17
Zenith of Power
18
Designing a War of Annihilation
19
Showdown
20
Fulfilling the Prophecy
21
Last Big Throw of the Dice
22
Beleaguered
71
Hoping for Miracles
114

Mastery over the Movement
15
Breakthrough
32
Levered into Power
9
The Making of the Dictator
10
Securing Total Power
11
Working Towards the Führer
12
Ceaseless Radicalization
13
The Drive for Expansion
14
Marks of a Genocidal Mentality
15
Going for Broke
16
Luck of the Devil
146
No Way
175
Into the Abyss
35
Extinction
71
Epilogue
107
Illustrations
122
Main Published Primary Sources on Hitler
152
Glossary of Abbreviations Follow Penguin
159
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About the author (2013)

Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield. His books include The 'Hitler Myth', his two volume Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, and Fateful Choices. He was knighted in 2002.